pick of the week
A Night in with Robbie Williams
Friday, 8pm, Studio Easy, ladies, that title is misleading, and not just because the program is called When Robbie Met James in other markets. Though billed as ‘‘ an intimate evening with Robbie Williams’’, the intimacy comes in the form of a heart-to-heart interview with comedian and actor James Corden ( Gavin & Stacey). Corden is a curious choice, since he admits to never having conducted an interview with anyone before, but the rapport between the two is fast and obvious. Corden and Williams plumb the heights and the depths of the singer’s career. All is not lost for fans of the man and his music, though. There are many sequences of a buffed and shirtless Williams, who clearly has been spending a great deal of time at the gym, and there is a lot of performance and backstage footage that is thoroughly entertaining. ‘‘ I’ve always been taught not to break the fourth wall,’’ the cheeky singer says, before nipping out to wrap his arms around a couple of delighted fans pre-show. You may remember Williams telling gobsmacked journalists how he never enjoyed performing. On the comeback trail six years later, he appears to be having the time of his life. There’s a bespoke acoustic gig and much talk of the joys of fatherhood and sobriety. A better man, you might say.